US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Mel) Advisor/Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Mel) Advisor

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

  The OTI Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor/Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) tandem position at the GS-13/GS-14 equivalent level and located in Location. Offers for this position are due no later than April 3, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net. INTRODUCTION: The OTI MEL Advisor –Worldwide position utilizes the experience and skills gained from working with political transition, stabilization, and conflict mitigation programs, to provide support and guidance for country program staff to help ensure the successful implementation of OTI program activities in the field. OTI’s success now and in the future depends in large part on its ability to achieve an overarching organizational goal: the effective transfer and ongoing analysis of knowledge and experience – comprised of values, management processes, lessons learned, best practices, standards, and innovations – in real time, with a variety of stakeholders. These stakeholders include: OTI staff in the field and headquarters; OTI’s implementing partners around the world; USAID Missions overseas; other USAID offices and bureaus in Washington D.C.; other USG agencies and branches; other donors; other transition, stabilization and reconstruction practitioners; host government and/or other local counterparts; and the U.S. public. The MEL Advisor supports OTI’s mission to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs by building the knowledge, skills and abilities of OTI staff to continually improve country program performance. The MEL Advisor does this by: designing and providing innovative solutions that are adapted to OTI’s fast-paced global needs; developing and facilitating learning and training events; and providing support services ranging from procurement to monitoring and evaluation. The MEL Advisor supports learning and innovation through the application of technology – including OTI’s knowledge management platform, mapping, data visualization, and other analytic tools – to continually improve OTI country program analysis, management and performance and coordinates closely with other units, teams, and divisions within OTI to achieve these goals. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direct supervision of the Field Programs Division (FPD) Deputy overseeing Program Performance Management (PPM), Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Creative Digital Team (CDT) and or his/her designee, the MEL Advisor will perform the following duties: At the GS-13 MEL Advisor level: ● Facilitate and provide support for the implementation and ongoing adaptation of a range of program performance management processes designed to integrate learning into OTI country program strategic design, program implementation and evaluation; ● Provide remote or in-person technical assistance, guidance, and training based on research and personal field experience to enable OTI country programs to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them; ● Coordinate with key stakeholders to routinely conceptualize, update and revise OTI guidance related to action learning, M&E, and PPM processes; ● Fill critical needs for program advisement, management and implementation in Washington, D.C. and the field, including providing support to new OTI country program start-ups, management and close-out; ● Oversee the design and provision of innovative learning and training solutions that are well-adapted to OTI’s fast-paced global needs, including organizing and planning events to increase OTI and implementing partner staff members’ application of OTI’s approach to M&E; ● Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across OTI’s three divisions – Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI), FPD, and Operations and Management Division (OMD) – to coordinate and ensure the effective integration of lessons and knowledge into OTI’s learning and training and knowledge management resources; ● Represent and articulate OTI’s mission and global programs to select visitors, officials from international organizations, bilateral donors, and national and foreign government officials. Serve as a liaison with other Conflict, Prevention, and Stabilization (CPS) Bureau offices, USAID divisions and the State Department, to develop appropriate program and policy direction; ● Assist in developing knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products and drafting documents outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs, and ● Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests. At the GS-14 Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor level: ● Advise, facilitate, and manage the implementation and ongoing adaptation of a range of program performance management processes designed to integrate learning into OTI country program strategic design, program implementation and evaluation; ● Independently provide remote or in-person technical assistance, guidance, and training based on research and personal field experience to enable OTI country programs to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them; ● Advise key stakeholders and office leadership on the routine conceptualization and revision of OTI guidance related to action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and program performance management processes; ● Independently fill critical needs for program advisement, management and implementation in Washington, D.C. and the field, including providing support to new OTI country program start-ups, management and close-out; ● Independently oversee the design and provision of innovative learning and training solutions that are well-adapted to OTI’s fast-paced global needs, including organizing and planning events to increase OTI and implementing partner staff members’ application of OTI’s approach to monitoring and evaluation; ● Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across OTI’s three divisions – Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI), Field Programs Division (FPD), and Operations and Management Division (OMD) – to coordinate and ensure the effective integration of lessons and knowledge into OTI’s learning and training resources; ● Represent and articulate OTI’s mission and global programs to select visitors, officials from international organizations, bilateral donors, and national and foreign government officials. Serve as a liaison with other Conflict, Prevention, and Stabilization (CPS) offices, USAID divisions and the State Department, to develop appropriate program and policy direction; ● Develop knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products and draft documents outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs, and ● Supervise staff as delegated by supervisor. Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests. SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The MEL Advisor/Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor will be supervised by the FPD Deputy overseeing PPM, M&E and CDT, or his/her designee. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: At the GS-13 level, the supervisor will set overall objectives and resources available, and work with the incumbent to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and carrying out assignments, resolving most conflicts, coordinating with others, and interpreting policy in terms of established objectives. Keeping the supervisor informed of progress, the incumbent may determine the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The supervisor will review completed work from an overall standpoint of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness in meeting requirements. At the GS-14 level, the supervisor will provide administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The incumbent will independently plan, design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other work assignments. The incumbents work will be considered technically authoritative and normally accepted without significant change, and will be reviewed in terms of fulfillment of program objectives, influence on the overall program, or contribution to the advancement of the objective. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: At a minimum, the offeror must have: At the GS-13 MEL Advisor level: (1) A Master’s Degree with five (5) years of work experience; OR A Bachelor’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience; AND (2) Four (4) years of project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; AND (3) One (1) year of demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing M&E efforts in international development programming; AND (4) One (1) year of overseas field experience working in a developing country; AND (5) Six (6) months of supervisory experience At the GS-14 Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor level: (1) A Master’s degree with seven (7) years of work experience; OR A Bachelor’s degree with nine (9) years of work experience; AND (2) Six (6) years of project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, domestic or international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities; AND (3) Two (2) years of demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing M&E efforts in international development programming. AND (4) Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country; AND (5) One (1) year of supervisory experience. Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.
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